UPDATE! Below i talked about how I love to support indie artists and I’m going to do that right now. I picked up this CD by Lance Odegard on the weekend and it is FABULOUS. It’s just great music – folky, guitar -based stuff – but with lyrics that make you think. And the good news is, you can download this album from Lance’s bandcamp page! Merry Christmas!
I am one of those people who start listening to Christmas music in October (well, okay, sometimes in August.) My excuse is that I have so much Christmas music, that if I want to listen to it all, I can’t possibly wait until December.
I am also one of those people who will always purchase CDs because I love to see the cover art, the liner notes, the thank-yous from the band and all that goes into creating the package. To me, an album is much more than the music itself; it’s a whole art package.
Many of my Christmas CDs were gifted to me, some were purchased new at Christmas events – and if I’m supporting an up-and-coming, indie artist, I have no qualms about buying new music. But a lot of my music was purchased at thrift shops.
One GREAT way to preview Christmas albums (or any other music, for that matter) is to visit your local library and borrow a whole bunch. This is a risk-free way of listening to tunes and then deciding if you want to spend the money to own it. If you don’t have a lot of Christmas music and you’re hosting a party, then this is also a way to fill your evening with festive tunes.
Another way to preview music is to have a music potluck. Invite some friends over for a appies or dessert and ask each one to bring their favourite CD/download along and have a listening party.
And now, I have a quest for those of you who know me well and live near me: one of my favourite CDs, Fred Penner’s The Season has been damaged. Seriously, this is one of my faves because it’s not a typical Fred CD. While it does have children’s tunes on it, it also has more adult-oriented music on it – Cantate Dominum, Riu Riu Chiu, and Leise Rieselt der Schnee are some of the best ones. He performs with a Ukrainian men’s chorus, a great a capella quartet and the Winnipeg Mennonite Children’s choir. This is the CD we put on when we’re decorating the tree – so I’m devastated that mine’s damaged. SO, if in your thrift-shopping travels you come across this and it looks like it’s in good shape, BUY IT FOR ME! (i promise i’ll pay you back!)
What’s your favourite Christmas CD?